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Providence weather: More of the same on Thursday

The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 3, 2014. Mostly sunny skies are expected.
The weather map for Southern New England at 2 p.m. EDT on April 3, 2014. Mostly sunny skies are expected.

Forecast discussion: We had some partial sunshine over Providence Wednesday morning, as a low pressure system moved south of Southern New England. Once the low moved south of Nantucket, the clouds thinned, allowing for more sunshine. We will see clear to partly cloudy skies this evening, and high pressure will continue to give us nice weather on Thursday. The weather will be dry but cool as the Pawtucket Red Sox begin their 2014 season at home at McCoy Stadium Thursday night.

High temperature forecast for April 3, 2014

We will begin to see clouds increase once again Thursday night, due to an area of low pressure developing over western Oklahoma at the moment. A second low ahead of the system will move east of the first low, and help to bring some scattered showers by Friday night. The cold front will pass through on Saturday, and all precipitation should end by the middle of Saturday afternoon. With the warm front passing through Saturday morning, any sunshine we receive Saturday afternoon may push temperatures into the lower 60’s.

A new high pressure system will sit right over the Northeast U.S. for Sunday and most of Monday. A new low pressure system will bring some showers Monday night. The low will gather some strength as it settles over New York Tuesday. This means we could see some moderate rain at times Tuesday afternoon. However, the low will slowly move into Canada, and all precipitation will end as the cold front moves offshore Tuesday night.

As we move into the middle of next week, a deep long wave trough in the upper levels of the atmosphere will remain over the eastern U.S. Although we will have mostly sunny skies for next Wednesday, colder air from Canada will make temperatures well below normal during the daytime hours. At this time, I am only expecting highs in the middle 40’s.

72 hour forecast:

Tonight: Partly cloudy with a low of 37.
Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high of 56. Winds will come from the north at 7-10 mph.
McCoy Stadium Forecast (7:05 p.m. vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs): Partly cloudy, 48.
Thursday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 34. Winds will come from the northeast at 4-7 mph.
Friday: Partly sunny with showers arriving by the end of the evening commute. We will see a high of 45.
Friday night: Showers/light rain and a low of 38.
Saturday: Light to moderate rain ending by 4 p.m. Partial sunshine before sunset. We will see a high of 61 by the late afternoon.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 37.

Extended Forecast:
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs 51-54, lows 34-37.
Monday: Mostly sunny until the early afternoon, with showers arriving before midnight. Highs 52-55, lows 38-41.
Tuesday: Cloudy with moderate rain, ending before midnight. Highs 52-55, lows 36-39.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and breezy. Highs 44-47, lows 30-33.

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